Patents by Inventor Paul E. Westphall

Paul E. Westphall has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200356147
    Abstract: A base chassis supports a set of storage cages. The base chassis includes a front portion that is removably attachable to a first storage cage. The base chassis also includes an extension portion. The extension portion has a first end that is fixedly attachable to the front portion to extend a length of the base chassis to support an additional storage cage when the first storage cage is detached from the front portion. The extension portion also has a second end that is attachable to the first storage cage to support the first storage cage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Kenny H. Pham, Earl W. Moore, Paul E. Westphall, Daniel W. Tower
  • Publication number: 20200349297
    Abstract: Examples herein relate to intrusion switch. In particular, implementations herein relate to a computer system including a housing enclosing at least one electronic component therein. The housing includes a base and a removable cover. The cover is movable between engaged and disengaged positions relative to the base and extends over at least a portion of the base and is secured to the base in the engaged position. The cover is removable from the base when the cover is in the disengaged position. The computer system further includes an intrusion switch configured to detect access to an interior of the computer system. A portion of the cover extends through a slot in one of the sidewalls of the base and contacts the intrusion switch when the cover is in the engaged position. Contact between the cover and the intrusion switch is released when the cover is in the disengaged position such that the intrusion switch can detect when the cover is moved to the disengaged position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Paul E. Westphall, Keith Sauer, David M. Paquin
  • Publication number: 20200344903
    Abstract: This disclosure describes designs for chassis with multiple hoods and methods for removing those hoods. A base portion of a chassis includes an opening, a base ridge comprising a first section and a second section, an L-shaped cutout disposed along the first section of the base ridge, and a T-shaped cutout disposed along the second section of the base ridge. The T-shaped cutout includes a front recess and a rear recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Keith Sauer, Paul E. Westphall, Kenny Huy Pham
  • Publication number: 20200340272
    Abstract: Apparatuses and systems described herein provide hood latch designs for removable hoods of chassis of computing devices. A hood latch for the removable hood of a chassis includes an actuator that has an oblong aperture. A direction of a long dimension of the oblong aperture is offset from an actuator-open direction by an acute angle. A pin rigidly attached to a base portion of the chassis rests in the oblong aperture. When the actuator moves from an actuator-closed position to an actuator-open position, the actuator pushes against the pin and the pin slides from a pin-closed position within the aperture to a pin-open position within the aperture. Since the pin is rigidly attached to the chassis and the hood latch is affixed to the hood, hood slides from a hood-closed position to a hood-open position as the actuator moves from the actuator-closed position to the actuator-open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventors: Paul E. Westphall, Keith Sauer
  • Patent number: 10798837
    Abstract: This disclosure describes designs for chassis with multiple hoods and methods for removing those hoods. A base portion of a chassis includes an opening, a base ridge comprising a first section and a second section, an L-shaped cutout disposed along the first section of the base ridge, and a T-shaped cutout disposed along the second section of the base ridge. The T-shaped cutout includes a front recess and a rear recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Keith Sauer, Paul E. Westphall, Kenny Huy Pham
  • Patent number: 10159163
    Abstract: A removable electronic module usable with an electrical system includes a main body, electronic devices, indicators, and a switching member. The indicators receive the power by the power storage device when the main body is removed from a slot and electrically disconnected from the electrical system to indicate a functional status of the corresponding electronic devices when placed in an active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Minh H Nguyen, Paul E Westphall, Martha Gomez, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10118777
    Abstract: A server rack ramp includes an upper ramp section, a lower ramp section and a linkage assembly. The linkage assembly may include a body and arms. The lower ramp section may be pivotally connected to the body of the linkage assembly by a first hinge. The body of the linkage assembly may be connected to the arms by a second hinge. The arms of the linkage assembly may be connected to the upper ramp section by a third hinge. The lower and upper ramp sections may be movable between a folded position and an unfolded position via the linkage assembly. When the upper ramp section is unfolded, the lower and upper ramp sections are moveable longitudinally relative to one another via rotation of the arms relative to the main body of the linkage assembly and relative to the upper ramp section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Daniel W Tower, Paul E Westphall
  • Publication number: 20180312350
    Abstract: A server rack ramp includes an upper ramp section, a lower ramp section and a linkage assembly. The linkage assembly may include a body and arms. The lower ramp section may be pivotally connected to the body of the linkage assembly by a first hinge. The body of the linkage assembly may be connected to the arms by a second hinge. The arms of the linkage assembly may be connected to the upper ramp section by a third hinge. The lower and upper ramp sections may be movable between a folded position and an unfolded position via the linkage assembly. When the upper ramp section is unfolded, the lower and upper ramp sections are moveable longitudinally relative to one another via rotation of the arms relative to the main body of the linkage assembly and relative to the upper ramp section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel W. TOWER, Paul E. WESTPHALL
  • Publication number: 20170280583
    Abstract: A removable electronic module usable with an electrical system includes main body, electronic devices, indicators, and a switching member The indicators receive the power by the power storage device when the main body is removed from a slot and electrically disconnected from the electrical system to indicate a functional status of the corresponding electronic devices when placed in an active state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Minh H. NGUYEN, Paul E. WESTPHALL, Martha GOMEZ, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20170215287
    Abstract: A memory cartridge includes a first printed circuit board and a second printed circuit board. The first printed circuit board includes a DIMM connectors to receive a first set of DIMMS. The second printed circuit board includes a second set of DIMM connectors to receive a second set of DIMMS. The first printed circuit board and the second printed circuit board are movably connected to each other to enable the first printed circuit board and the second printed circuit board to fold over each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Paul E. WESTPHALL, Minh H. NGUYEN, Martha GOMEZ
  • Patent number: 9655276
    Abstract: A rack control module including a pair of mounting braces for mounting the RCM on a handle of a power supply unit (PSU). The PSU may be mounted on a server rack. The RCM also includes a latch disposed in proximity to the pair of mounting brace. Upon mounting the RCM on the handle of the PSU, the latch locks the RCM in an engaged position with the handle of the PSU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Shou-Jen Yang, Paul E. Westphall, Minh H. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20160338218
    Abstract: A rack control module including a pair of mounting braces for mounting the RCM on a handle of a power supply unit (PSU). The PSU may be mounted on a server rack. The RCM also includes a latch disposed in proximity to the pair of mounting brace. Upon mounting the RCM on the handle of the PSU, the latch locks the RCM in an engaged position with the handle of the PSU.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventors: Shou-Jen YANG, Paul E. WESTPHALL, Minh H. NGUYEN
  • Publication number: 20150327389
    Abstract: A connection apparatus to receive a removable printed circuit assembly includes a connector body and a first locking unit coupled to the connector body. The first locking unit may include a first outer locking member having a first channel, a first inner locking member movably disposed in the first channel, and a first resilient member. The first inner locking member may include a first flange to engage with the removable printed circuit assembly in an engaged position and disengage from the removable printed circuit assembly in a disengaged position. The first resilient member may be disposed in the first channel and in contact with the first outer locking member and the first inner locking member to enable movement of the first inner locking member between the engaged position and the disengaged position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Inventor: Paul E Westphall
  • Patent number: 8978900
    Abstract: A bulk rail bracket including at least three horizontally-oriented and vertically aligned support shelf rows, wherein each pair of consecutive support shelf rows is positioned such that the two support shelf rows in the pair are spaced by a height that is approximately a multiple of a rack unit size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul E. Westphall, Anthony A. Tsuei, Andrew James Phelan
  • Patent number: 8235339
    Abstract: An assembly for engaging a rail with support structures includes a bracket disposed at an end of the rail. The bracket is configured to rotate between at least first and second positions such that the bracket can present at least first or second different engagement features for engaging with different kinds of support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: David A. Selvidge, Paul E. Westphall, Kelly K. Smith
  • Patent number: 8174824
    Abstract: Techniques for accessing an enclosure are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an enclosure is configured for rack mounting. The enclosure includes an access panel disposed in a top surface of the enclosure. The access panel is moveably coupled to the enclosure and configured to provide access to the interior of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Paul E. Westphall
  • Publication number: 20110284706
    Abstract: A bulk rail bracket including at least three horizontally-oriented and vertically aligned support shelf rows, wherein each pair of consecutive support shelf rows is positioned such that the two support shelf rows in the pair are spaced by a height that is approximately a multiple of a rack unit size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Paul E. Westphall, Anthony A. Tsuei, Andrew James Phelan
  • Publication number: 20110149524
    Abstract: Techniques for accessing an enclosure are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an enclosure is configured for rack mounting. The enclosure includes an access panel disposed in a top surface of the enclosure. The access panel is moveably coupled to the enclosure and configured to provide access to the interior of the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Paul E. WESTPHALL
  • Patent number: 7920384
    Abstract: Fan cage assemblies for computer systems are disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment a method may comprise providing a single-enclosure fan cage to house a plurality of fan assemblies in a chassis of a computer system. The method may also comprise fastening the fan cage to the chassis of the computer system with a quick-connect latch system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul E. Westphall, Robert L. Martinez
  • Publication number: 20100327135
    Abstract: An assembly for engaging a rail with support structures includes a bracket disposed at an end of the rail. The bracket is configured to rotate between at least first and second positions such that the bracket can present at least first or second different engagement features for engaging with different kinds of support structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: David A. Selvidge, Paul E. Westphall, Kelly K. Smith